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COC offers class for entrepreneurs

Four week class teaches students how to develop business model

Posted: July 7, 2008 1:24 a.m.
Updated: September 7, 2008 5:03 a.m.
College of the Canyons is a popular destination for students of all ages to pursue their dreams.

This summer, entrepreneurs can pursue their own dreams at the local community college, as the school's Small Business Development Center offers a four-week course for ambitious youth who aspire to start or expand a business or enterprise.

"There are many young people in our community with dreams of pursuing their passions through business endeavors," said Paul De La Cerda, director of the COC Small Business Development Center. "But all too often these budding entrepreneurs have no guidance or knowledge about how to get started. So we launched a special program specifically for them."

The Young Entrepreneur Program, as it is known, is designed for young people ages 14 to 27.

A highlight of the program allows students to partner with and local business to brainstorm a create a new commercial product and business model, which will be entered into a region-wide business plan competition.

The program partnered with local business owners to offer students free business counseling. By use of outreach and delivery methods, it also implements business training programs in management, finance, marketing, sales and eCommerce.

The outreach and delivery methods include Web sites, blogs, social networking sites, virtual reality games, youth-oriented trainers and business simulation products.

"This new program will aid participants in the development and operation of part time businesses - which could eventually lead to full time operational status - all while they complete their junior high, high school or college education," said Bruce Getzan, COC Dean of Economic Development.

The Young Entrepreneurs Program is free of charge, however space is limited. The deadline for students to register is July 11.

Classes meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school's Valencia campus on Saturday mornings from July 12 to August 2.

For more information about this summer's Young Entrepreneurs Program. To register, please call (661) 294-9375, or email


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